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Partially Blind Dog Leans on Best Friend at the MSPCA-Cape Cod

BOSTON, Aug. 12, 2015 – Canine best friends Nina and Charlie arrived at the MSPCA-Cape Cod adoption center in Centerville last month after living in the only home they had ever known for the last three years.  The Maltese-mix pair was surrendered because their former owner was moving and could not to take the Maltese mixes with her.

Nina and Charlie’s story is a familiar one.  Thousands of pets—from dogs and cats to birds, rabbits, hamsters and mice—arrive at one of the MSPCA’s three animal care and adoption centers every year for exactly the same reason.  In fact, surrender “due to an owner’s move” is the number-one reason why animals end up at the MSPCA.

Fortunately for Nina and Charlie, their tomorrow is certain to look brighter than their yesterday.

“It’s a terrible thing to be up-rooted from a safe and loving environment and moved to a shelter occupied by many other animals,” said Mary Sarah Fairweather, director of the MSPCA-Cape Cod.  “But Nina and Charlie have settled in well, all things considered, and our team is confident we can find them a loving forever home.”

Vision Problems

Nina is suffering from vision impairment and relies heavily on Charlie to navigate her environment, cementing the staff’s decision to keep the pair together.  “They’re together here at the adoption center and they’ll be placed into a home together—absolutely,” said Fairweather.

Fairweather has already scheduled an appointment for Nina with Dr. Dan Biros of the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center ophthalmology department, where she will be evaluated later this month.  The goal, according to Fairweather, is to determine what (if anything) might be done to repair some of her vision.  “We don’t know yet if her vision can be improved but, just like we do for every animal in our care, we’re pulling out all the stops to try and help.”

Call for Adopters

The MSPCA-Cape Cod intends to place Nina and Charlie into a home together.  Readers interested in adoption can contact the adoption center directly by emailing

The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year.  Nina and Charlie represent just two of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.  Readers can contribute directly toward the care of these animals by clicking here.